With an important role in NBA playoff, Derrick White had struggles, he got his two fouls quickly. Then Pop talked to him, and took advice from Becky Hammon on the bench. At second quarter he scored in variety of ways against the defense of Jamal Murray. When the star out of rhythm, he went coast to coast and dunked over Paul Millsap plus a foul to gain some momentum. He made little things into a positive impact, to put his team ahead.
They look like to win the game until Rudy Gay turned the ball over. After Aldridge sank two free throws to give a three point lead, Murray rushing the ball to tie the game but White was ready for one last stop and he stole the ball and the game was over.
“He’s spectacular” Pop on White about his game 1 performance.
White had some moments in regular season games and he bring it to playoffs. The Spurs need this kind of hustle from a young kid, especially when the star struggle.